The Collection of Alan Schneider presented by Moran’s sheds remarkable light on any situation
MONROVIA, CA – Moran’s is pleased to offer selections from the Alan Schneider Collection of American and European art glass and furnishings from the late 19th and 20th Centuries featuring Tiffany Studios, Handel, Pairpoint, Daum Nancy, Majorelle, and Galle among other notable makers.
Antique Traders was a small shop nestled in the heart of San Francisco that was owned and operated by Alan Schneider, a man with a keen eye for the rare and beautiful, for more than 50 years. As an avid collector, he spent a lifetime searching for the best: American cut-glass, Arts and Crafts lighting and everything in between. His knowledge was expansive and his passion for historic museum-quality pieces made Antique Traders one of the country’s go-to destinations for Turn of the Century lighting.
Schneider’s daughter afforded Moran’s the honor of selecting pieces for this auction. Our specialists spent an entire week hand-picking these illuminating selections from his shop and private collection so that you can have the opportunity to see and own these treasures.
This single owner sale features unique lighting in all of the important decorative styles of the 20th Century including Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Italian mid-century. Cameo, cut and favrile glassware, both table and hanging lamps from Tiffany Studios including a Tiffany ‘Curtain Border’ ceiling fixture. There will also be furniture from Galle and Majorelle accompanied by interesting silver and glass objects from around the globe. The late 19th Century sculptures by Thomas Ball (1819-1911, American), metalware from Archibald Knox, WMF and Tudric are not to be missed. Well-crafted European decorative objects will accentuate a selection of paintings made by both California and Female artists.
Offered originally with both leaded and damascene shades, this Tiffany Studios double student lamp circa 1900 captures the pinnacle of the pine needle series of desk items. A strong staple of the Art Nouveau movement, this scholarly piece sits regally atop its bronze base and is valued at $8,000 – $10,000.
The Handel Company was well known for their reverse-painted table lamps and this is a quintessential example of that craftsmanship. The hand-painted pine needle and parrot motif is beautiful in and of itself, but what distinguishes this lamp even more is the striking and uncommon lavender background upon which it rests. This cozy piece has an estimated value of $5,000 – $7,000.
French Daum Nancy “Algues et Poissons” Intercalaire glass vase circa 1898. A Henri Berge design, often Japanese inspired, depicts a painted polychrome enamel seascape of algae, fish, and a hermit crab cased in an acid-etched burgundy pour. The tranquil design is made possible using the intercalaire technique where the imagery is actually inserted between two layers of glass. Estimated value $1,000 -$2,000.
The Art Nouveau Movement was essentially about creating indoor works of art that captured the beauty found in nature as demonstrated in this Tiffany Studios Jack-in-the-Pulpit Flower Form glass and bronze candlestick. The adjustable light fixture is one-light patinated with a screw-on pentagon top extinguisher and gold iridescent (favrile) flower glass shade.
Favrile distinguishes itself from other iridescent glasses because its color is part of the glass rather than just applied to the surface. The making of favrile was likely a collaboration between Louis Comfort Tiffany and the company’s first glass blower, Thomas Manderson. Tiffany patented the innovative technique in 1894. This wonderful piece has an estimated value of $3,000 – $5,000.
“The Art Nouveau Movement was essentially about creating indoor works of art that captured the beauty found in nature”
Intaglio, the exquisite technique where the design is cut directly into the glass, was typically reserved for vases, bowls and tableware. Occasionally, you might see such a technique show up in smaller table lamps, but this Tiffany Studios counter-balance table lamp topped with intaglio cut daffodils into a green Favrile shade is quite rare. So rare in fact that is the first Moran’s has seen come to the market in the last decade. This unique treasure is expected to sell in the $4,000 – $6,000 range.
There are so many wonders in The Collection of Alan Schneider, but we had to shine a light on this Tiffany Studios table lamp with vine and flower glass base. The Queen Anne’s lace is enameled to the brass shade which is signed Tiffany Furnaces. An art glass finial and a gilt foot makes this piece glow from head to toe, but it’s the enameled inset pieces in the gilt foot that really makes this lamp standout. Estimated to sell in the $3,000 -$5,000 range to a buyer who truly appreciates elegance.
Moran’s Spring season will bring installments of Made in Mexico, Winter Modern & Contemporary Art, California & American Fine Art, Traditional Collector, and much more. Moran’s takes the health and safety of our staff and customers seriously, as such, all previews for the auction will be by appointment only and the sales will be held online and without a live audience. For upcoming highlights, online catalogues, and more information on these sales, visit Moran’s website: www.johnmoran.com. Bidding is now available online via Moran’s new mobile app, Moran Mobile, available on both iOS and Android operating systems. Live bidding on a desktop is available through our website; bidding is also supported by telephone or absentee. Consignments are always welcome